Ger Rijkers (1952) is Professor of Biomedical and Life Sciences, University College Roosevelt, Netherlands and a medical immunologist and senior scientist at the Microvida Laboratory of Medical Microbiology and Immunology at St Elisabeth Hospital in Tilburg, the Netherlands. Rijkers has studied biology at Wageningen University and subsequently did his PhD research at the same institute on the immune systems of fish. Directly afterwards he became (medical) immunologist in the Wilhelmina Children’s Hospital in Utrecht, specializing in paediatric immunodeficiencies, autoimmune diseases, and respiratory infections. He next went on to work on gastrointestinal mucosal immune systems and the interaction with gut microbiota at the University Medical Center Utrecht and the St. Antonius Hospital in Nieuwegein. In 2010 he accepted the position as head of the Science Department of UCR in Middelburg. He has published over 350 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals and has supervised over 25 PhD students in their thesis work. Ger Rijkers is co-editor in chief of Pneumonia. He also is Editor for the journal Biology.
Ger Rijkers is married to Riky Lievendag for 45 years, they have 3 adult sons and 3 grandchildren.